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The Learning Curve

Eco Committee Work in Primary
  • Primary Matters
Christine Bearman

Mougins school is working towards the Globeducate Eco Schools award.

“Eco-Schools is the world´s largest sustainability education programme and it offers an accessible framework for schools in every country in which we work.  
We celebrate United Nations official days to support eco-awareness and conservation. Across our network, our students and teachers work with their own Eco-School committees and come up with inspiring ways to mark globally recognised eco events such as Earth Hour, Earth Week and Earth Day, as well as those less well known such as International Bee Day, International Oceans Day and World Wildlife Day.”

Here in the Primary department we are supporting our school eco-committee with the children in the Primary School council being part of this committee. They welcome the chair of this committee into their meetings every other week so that they can discuss progress towards initiatives and new ideas to move forward with.

Within the department, we made a decision as we came back to school in September to not use lots of display paper to cover boards before then putting work up. As we have cork boards this gives us a more natural look to our displays throughout the department and, of course, saves on use and waste of paper.

Teachers have been discussing waste bins in their classrooms with the children and in The LaunchPad plans are afoot for specific bins to be brought in for the younger children to have specific lessons on how to use these for paper and food waste. Snack food waste for The LaunchPad and Years 1 and 2 has been for some time taken out by the children, to their own compost bin.

Staff and children are beginning conversations developing outside reading areas for the children during break times. This will involve re-homing and using older books rather than just throwing them away. 

As part of our Thrive initiative, we have in the Primary an eco-warriors group that meets each week. One initiative the group started was a playground clean up during break times. Many of the primary children enjoy being able to go and collect special gloves so that they can go out and work together to clean up the waste around the campus.

Many of the lessons throughout the year in Primary highlight eco ideas for our children and we will be working on being more explicit in sharing the work that is covered in class but rarely focused upon. Initiatives such as the Earth Day will become more embedded in our curriculum.

We appreciate all the efforts our school community is making to create a more sustainable environment we can enjoy for years to come.


Christine Bearman
Head of Primary

  • Primary Matters